When I saw that Zooey Deschanel was hosting SNL I was trepidatious. I truly enjoy the show New Girl where she plays herself; You know a woman with the awkwardness of Tina Fey and the fashion sense of a 1960’s housewife. I can stomach the show because of the ensemble cast and that the show only lasts for 22 minutes. I was not sure I could stand 70 minutes of pure Zooey.
The show started with the typical political cold open. Making fun of Mitt Romney is easy. You know what is hard…training a dog. That is what makes this sketch the funniest of the night; Everyone loves a flub.
Zooey Deschanel monologued her way right into a song about Valentine’s Day. She is currently in the middle of a divorce from Death Cab for Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard, so I am sure this song was hard for her. I still say it is a little creepy how she has a child’s sing-song voice, but overall she was delightful. In fact, throughout the whole show, Deschanel proved to be overall funny. Quirky, awkward, feisty. She was a nice addition to the SNL cast.
Some strange thoughts on the this episode:
- Why were there so many commercials? I get it, the Super Bowl has commercials, but oh my gods, really? Four! With the 3-part Clint Eastwood series and a random Verizon commercial, it was too much. Just too much.
- Why is Les Jeunes de Paris a thing? Whenever it comes on, I cringe a little. Sure, the dance numbers are cute but the French is awful, and I kind of just don’t get it at all. Even with Oscar Nominee Jean Dujardin and the homage to the The Artist, I was lost on this one.
- Naseem Pedrad rocked the impressions on this episode. Her spot on M.I.A. and Arianna Huffington kind of made my night.
- Speaking of impressions (see previous bullet), who knew that Zooey Deschanel could perform with Mid-West, Southern, French and English accents. The way she says “decency-strap” (the rubber band around fingers to prevent flipping the bird) made me laugh uncontrollably.
- Speaking again of impressions/accents, the parody of 1940’s His Girl Friday fast-talking, witty newspaper men was the funniest thing I have ever seen. I do not want to ruin it, so watch it here.
- Speaking one more time of impressions, what a night for celebrity show-downs. Allow me to explain. Remember when Andy Samberg used to talk to animals as Mark Wahlberg and Mark Wahlberg playfully confronted him on SNL? Well, tonight we had Nicolas Cage and Nicolas Cage (again, Andy Samberg). Or when Zooey Deshanel (played by Abby Elliot) opposite Mary-Kate Olsen (played by Zooey Deschanel). Was that statement confusing enough? There is a long tradition at SNL of cast members meeting/mocking their doppelgangers. Jimmy Fallon/Mick Jagger. Tina Fey/Sarah Palin. Darrel Hammond/Donald Trump. Those are all the meetings I can remember right off-hand. Every time it is awkward and hilarious.
- I did not think Technology Hump would become a regular thing. It truly looses something after the first viewing.
Now on to the musical guest. Karmen! Who ever that is. The picture on SNL was a man and woman, but there was clearly a singular performer with back-up people. And Karmen is a lady name…so, yeah. This woman, Karmen, sings and then raps. She is like a middle-class American M.I.A. Nope, scratch that. Karmen is a middle-class female Eminem. The songs were forgettable, her hat made of her own hair was uninspired, and she had the dancing skills and mannerisms of a 40-year old. I was so unimpressed, I did not have the energy or desire to even Google search “Karmen” to find out anything about them. Utterly forgettable. Fast Forward.
Overall, this show was pretty solid, but skip the musical quest and do not be fooled by all the commercials.